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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Boston Bruins (1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (6) 2nd Round Preview

The Eastern Conference's best team will take on the 6th seeded Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the playoffs.  The Hurricanes have a deep team than can role four lines, and an average defense that has some offensive minded players.  The Bruins boast the East's best offense and defense.  Carolina will try and continue their streak of upsets after beating the New Jersey Devils in a dramatic seven game series.  

Records:
Boston....................53-19-10, 116 points
Carolina................45-39-7, 97 points
Boston Home.......29-6-6
Carolina Home....26-14-1
Boston Away........19-6-6
Boston vs Conf....44-13-7
Carolina vs Conf.37-22-5
Bos vs Car...........4-0-0
Car vs Bos...........0-4-0

Goals:
Boston Goals For.............274
Carolina Goals For..........239
Boston Goals Against......196
Carolina Goals Against...226
Boston Goal Diff.............+70
Carolina Goal Diff..........+13
Boston GPG.....................3.92
Carolina GPG..................2.88
Boston GAPG..................2.32
Carolina GAPG...............2.70
Bos Goals vs. Car............18
Car Goals vs. Bos............6

Special Teams:
Boston PP %.........23.6%
Carolina PP%.......18.7%
Boston PK%..........82.4%
Carolina PK%.......80.4%

Leading Scorers:
Boston Forwards:
Marc Savard.......25......63......88
David Krejci.......22......51.......73
Mark Recchi.......23......38.......61
Phil Kessel..........36......24......60
Michael Ryder...27.......26......53
Blake Wheeler...21.......24......45
Chuck Kobasew.21.......21......42
Milan Lucic........17.......24......41
Patrice Berg.........8......31.......39

Boston Defensemen:
Zdeno Chara...........17.....33.....50
Dennis Wideman..13.....37.....50

Carolina Forwards:
Ray Whitney...........24.......53.....77
Eric Staal.................40.......35.....75
Tuomo Ruutu..........26.......28....54
Rod Brind'Amour...16.......31.....51
Sergei Samsonov.....16......32....48
Matt Cullen..............22......21.....43
Erik Cole..................18.......24.....42

Carolina Defensemen:
Joe Corvo.............14........24.....38
Anton Babchuk...16.........19......35
Joni Pitkanen.......7..........26....33
Dennis Seid.........5..........25.....30

Goatending:
Boston:
Tim Thomas........36-11-7.......2.10........933%

Carolina:
Cam Ward...........39-23-5.....2.44........916%

Offense:
Boston had seven 20 goal scorers this season, and two more with 17.  The Bruins have one of the most deep offensive teams in the league, and ranked first in goals in the Eastern Conference.  The Bruins top guns may be young, but they passed their first test in the first round.  When 20 goal scorer Blake Wheeler is on your 4th line, you know the team is deep.  The Bruins are not just a finess sniping team, but a very physical team with guys like Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton.  Carolina also is a very deep team, 3 solid scoring lines.  Ray Whitney has been a Bruin killer of the past few seasons, and top gun Eric Staal is always a threat.  The 'Canes are not a very physical team, which could hurt them.  Boston just has too much depth, and with Carolina coming off a 7 game series, fatigue could be an issue.
Edge: Boston

Defense:
The Bruins have the best defensive team in the NHL with Norris finalist Zdeno Chara.  Dennis Wideman is one of the best puck movers in the game and the Bruins have a very solid transition game.  Although they give up a lot of shots, they are from the outside and not very risky.  The Hurricanes have an underrated defense, but it is very offensive minded.  The Dmen jump up on the play a lot and 4 of their top 6 had 30+ points.  Joe Corvo is a very good transition player and Anton Babchuk has a cannon for a shot.  The Bruins play a much better team defense, and you can't not give the nod to the best defense in the league.
Edge: Boston

Goaltending:
Tim Thomas led the league in GAA and SV%.  Although he has not played much in the playoffs, he played very good against Montreal, so the inexperience factor has to be thrown out the window a little.  Cam Ward has a Cup under his belt, but he has played a lot of games so fatigue could be an issue.  Ward has impressive numbers, but if Thomas plays the way he has, the advantage has to be for Thomas.
Edge: Boston

Prediction:
Boston in 6

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is this post here?

9:19 PM  
Anonymous James said...

matt instead of posting stuff already posted, why not update the side?

9:41 AM  
Anonymous MC Puck said...

Who cares why the post is here; he wanted to put in his two cents lol.

That being said, I think he's right about everything except the depth of Carolina.

After the first line of Cole-Staal-Ruutu, the Bruins overmatch their other lines.

Whitney - Cullen - Larose? there's some scoring here, but when you get to the 3rd line of Brindamore, Samsonov and that other guy, they don't have a prayer. and our checking line will eat that 4th line alive. With the ability for our Defense to contribute on offense, I can't give Carolina much chance on Defense either.

This series MIGHT reach 5 games, but I think the Canadiens matched up better against us than the Hurricanes do (with the exception that Cam Ward would kick Pansey Price's ass at any sport, not including the homo olympics... Price wins the gold there.

Bruins in 4, they'll outscore the Hurricanes 15-7 :D

11:39 AM  
Anonymous willisss said...

i found a video of sugarcane express

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idzeJU5_PQY


nice to see him going to games

1:34 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

hahahahahahahhahahahaha

price wins gold in the homo olympics.

funniest thing i've heard!

what's better than winning gold in the homo olympics?

not being a homo...

1:55 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

Oh and we'll smash the canes.

TSN:
The Bruins swept all four regular season encounters with the Canes, outscoring Carolina 18-6 in the process. Thomas dominated the goaltending duel, sporting a 1.33 goals against average with a .957 save percentage, while Ward posted a surprising 3.90 GAA with an .871 save percentage.

The Bruins also hold a distinct advantage in size and physical nature of play. Boston features two of the most physically imposing players in the game in captain Zdeno Chara and forward Milan Lucic. Both were able to impose their will on the Montreal Canadiens in the first round and expect to do the same against the undersized Canes.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous da wreck said...

I am currently wearing my brand new ZDENO CHARA home jersey, that came in the mail today. I'm jacked. BRING ON THE HURRICANES.

I hope it's long enough to cover my boner.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Floppy_The_Wonder_Goalie said...

Ward is a better goaltender then me. He already won a cup and was challenged a lot against NJ. I wasn't tested against the weak Habs and i can't wait to cost a game or two to my team with the usual softy i allow for times to times. I can't believe Chiarelli gave that 20 millions contract since i'm can't bring the Bruins to the promise land. Too bad that Krecji and Kessel will have to leave because of my contract. Well, i'm gonna build a shed for the K's as a departure gift...

9:28 AM  

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